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catastrophe in japan. i'm wolf blitzer. john vos is joining us over in the cnn center in atlanta. a lot of news to cover. let me give our viewers the highlights of what's going on right now. it's now just after 7:00 a.m. saturday in japan. survivors of the strongest earthquake recorded in that country's history are seeing the enormous destruction in the harsh light of day, and they are still being shaken to the core. two powerful new tremors measuring higher than a magnitude of 6 struck within the last hour alone, after the 8.9 monster quake hit japan friday afternoon unleashing a huge tsunami. japanese media reporting that the death toll could be higher than 1,000. hundreds of people may be missing. some may be trapped alive or buried in homes that were simply washed away. the tsunami sent water rushing sever six miles inland. one area of deep concern right now. japanese authorities are trying to cool down the temperature inside a nuclear power plant rattled by the quake. president obama says the united states is helping to monitor the plant for possible radiation leaks. he also sent h
the most powerful earthquake ever to rock japan. we're getting a better idea of the size and scope of the disaster. it is massive and heartbreaking. japan's prime minister putting the call out for help and the united states responding. we'll tell you how. >>> and this morning, a dangerous new threat, an explosion, and a leak from one of the damaged nuclear power plants. the world is watching, it's waiting, it's ready to help. >> from cnn center in atlanta, it's march 12th, i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm andrew stephens in hong kong. we'd like to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. >>> it is now 10:00 at night in japan. most rescue operations have stopped, but the concern over more aftershocks even more tsunamis remains. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and massive tsunami struck northeastern japan's coast. at least 900 people are dead, 600 more are missing, an undetermined number injured. early rescue efforts were difficult because of the aftershocks. plus there have been tsunami w
of japan and a terrible day for the world. if you want to help the people of japan in the wake of this disaster, text to red cross to 90999 and donate $10 to the american red cross. that will help those poor people >>> more than 24 hours after the worst earthquake in japan's history, the scope of the disaster is massive and hear breaking. the one-two punch of the tremors left buildings dune. the death toll is climbing t. rescuers are frustratingly slow. >> this morning, a dangerous new threat. an explosion and leak from a power plant. the world is watching, waiting and ready to help. >> it's march 12th, i'm randi kaye. >> i'm in hong kong. we would like to welcome viewers to our coverage of the disaster in japan. >> japan is struggling. there have been dozens of aftershocks after the 8.9 earthquake. at least 900 people are dead. at least 700 more missing. an undetermined numbers are injured. rescue efforts are going on. highways in the northeast are damaged and utility services are out. the devastation, unbelievable. a tsunami more than 23 feet high washed over japan. this is t
in japan. tasteless jokes. >> unbelievable news and disturbing news about a member of the charlie's angels cast. charlie sheen couldn't stay out of "the skinny" long. Ñ Ñ Ñ Ñ ÑÑ ♪ skinny so skinny >>> well, this was a big talker on facebook with our facebook fans yesterday. this gilbert gottfried comments, he made tasteless jokes about the tsunami in japan. some kind of joke he tweeted about, you know, a just broke up with my girlfriend but as the japanese say, another one will float by. really tasteless -- >> in japan, the beach comes to you, you don't go to the beach. >> he was the voice of aflac duck and they stepped in and said, not funny and canned him. he apologized saying, i sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in japan. i meant no disrespect and my thoughts are with victims and their families. on top of that, some folks have rushed to his side saying, wait a minute, this isn't right, including joan rivers and howard stern. howard says here is a guy as long as i can remember making jokes about the n-word, jews. i mean, y
the biggest earthquake and tsunami in japan. aftershocks are a given, but the latest jolt with the preliminary magnitude of 6.4 was apparently not an aftershock at all but a new earthquake in its own right. the quake on friday and most of the tremors since have been northeast of the capital. that's where the loss, the devastation, they're simply too much to bear. the official death toll stands at 3,373 with more than twice that number officially listed as missing. the real numbers are unknown, certainly much higher. here's a more solid number for you. 91, that's the latest count of countries big and small offering some kind of help, according to japan's foreign ministry. through it all the most immediate crisis is the fukushima daichi nuclear plant. all three reactors that were online at the time of the quake have endured explosions in the building that housed them. earlier today a fire broke out in a building that houses a fourth reactor and the radiation went into the atmosphere. the fire is out now. the government says radiation levels at the plant are no longer harmful to human health. tha
for fitting us in. >>> and more on the disaster in japan straight ahead on "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah, right now. >>> overnight, japan is reeling after the largest earthquake in its recorded history. it now pushes a tsunami across its shores and reports of several hundred are killed as the water sweeps away ships, vehicles, buildings, sparking fires, devastating coastal communities, and even threatening some nuclear plants over there. meanwhile, on this side of the pacific, waves are blanketing things, it's hitting hawaii this past hour and the west coast is now bracing for an impact later this morning. we have live reports. and we're going to hear from fema director right here ondale rundo daily rundown. >> let's get to the rundown. we will start with the breaking news out of japan. a catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in japan today. the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history. the latest death poll, the ap is reporting japanese police saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal area. the quake sent tsunami waves barreling across the pacific, co
. "morning joe" starts right now. >> this is an international tragedy and although japan is a highly advanced economy and technologically equipped to rebuild, at this moment of crisis, it's important all of us join together in providing any help and assistance that we can in the days and months to come. >>> good morning. it is tuesday, march 15th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set here in washington, msnbc political analyst, pat buchanan. also the washington correspondent for bbc world news america, catty kay, and former white house chief of staff of president george w. bush, andy card in the studio with us this morning. >> we will show some of the headlines just to show -- >> big ones. >> what a big story this is. catty, you lived in japan over three years. give us your insight on some images we are seeing. >> i was there for the kobe earthquake that was in 1995. we are all focused on the nuclear crisis. all of those families who have lost somebody, lost parents, you're hearing the japanese talking in muted ways about their loss. but for japanese, who find expressing emotion in public
're not sure exactly what's happening right now at a crippled nuclear plant in japan but it looks like things are getting a lot worse. >> reporter: cal state orders all of the students study in japan to come home. how the uc policy differs drastically. that and more. "mornings on 2" starts right now. >>> good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> there's some rain showers coming down. let's get right to steve. >>> well, it's ended now. it's more drizzly, light rain. there's not a lot going on. the computer shows the system moving through. there will be drier air coming in behind that. we're not done yet. there is a little bit of rain towards the east bay but everything seems to be falling apart. towards the south bay there's been light showers, back to the mountains. peninsula, things are on dry side. as we go out wide, you can see there's nothing out in the north bay. >> the roads are wet. so sal has an update on that. >>> this is on the border of orinda and la fayette. this has traffic backed up all the way out to walnut creek. that's a good long way. it's backed up past the ha
mobilizing. >> what we're seeing from japan is incomprehensible. so much damage, so much misery. these aerial pictures are from the japan broadcasting corporation nhk. you can see what the monster waves did to one area. i-reporter harrison payton sent us these pictures. it was so strong he could barely stay on his feet. japan's government says efforts to cull the reactor at the fukushima power plant. the blast injured four workers, crumbled concrete wars and is heightening fears of a nuclear meltdown. stan grant, authorities plan to give out iodine to residents in fukushima. how big a problem is this at this point? >> reporter: yeah, you're right, becky. and that iodine would work to offset the impact of any radiation. i can also bring you some reports that are circulating here in japanese media. i stress that cnn haven't independently confirmed this, but japanese authorities reporting that some workers at the plant have had exposure to radiation. this nuclear emergency became even more critical -- a loud explosion was heard. then we saw these plumes of smoke heading in to the sky. and that r
. >> a new warning from japan's prime minister after another explosion and fire rocked daiichi power plant. >>> hello, 6:00 in the east, i'm christine romans. >> i'm kiran chetry. thanks for being with us. we are trying to dissect some of these new developments. it's very unclear exactly what is happening in japan. we do know there are growing health concerns due to another explosion at their nuclear power plant at daiichi. >> and as this unfolds, you have stock markets around the world plunging. japanese stock market down 10%, european markets down all very, very sharply. we'll continue to watch what that means in the united states where stocks here are also expected to open lower. >> and all of this fears of a nuclear crisis in japan and may be founded this morning. there are several new disturbing elements to tell you about. one the prime minister is admitting that radiation levels have reached levels that can "impact human health." what that exactly means, we still don't know this morning. everyone, though, within about 12 miles of the facility have been told to remain indoors. that's
>>> utter testimony devastation. no other way to describe what's left of northern japan. coastlines littered with what the tsunami left behind. japan's bracing for what could be the next disaster. meltdown fears at two quake-damaged reactors. >> some hope, though, amid the catastrophe, survivors pulled from the rubble and rooftops. separated families being reun e reunited and rescue teams arriving in full force. >>> millions of people are running short on food, clean water, gas, the basic necessities that have suddenly become so crucial. from cnn center in atlanta, march 13th. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm andrew stevens in hong kong. we'd like to welcome viewers in the united states and from around the world to our continuing coverage of the disaster in japan. >> as japan tries to recover from the powerful quake and tsunami there, are growing fears today the country could be hit with a nuclear disaster. this is the actual moment of explosion at a nuclear plant in tu fukushima. sea water has been poured into the reactor to cool the fuel rods. about 160 people being tested for possible
of the globe and japan and the u.s. it would follow a little possible parcel of radiation all the way across the country and pacific. it would take many days. a lot of the radiation would be gone. there's just no threat. >> we will see. you'll keep watching, it as will i, but thanks so much for watching it here. want to turn things over to jessica yellin in "the situation room." jess, to you. >> happening now, breaking news. three nuclear reactors damaged to the core. the crisis in japan is said to be deteriorating right now. u.s. officials are suggesting the situation is more dire than many thought. with america's top nuclear watchdogs saying radiation levels are extremely high. freezing cold and snow adding to the hardship for quake and tsunami survivors there and hampering the rescue and recovery. more people now seem eager to get out of japan all together. >>> and wolf blitzer's one-on-one interview with secretary of state hillary clinton in egypt. she's talking about the disaster in japan, as well as the uprisings in libya and across the region. welcome to our viewers in the united stat
:00 now in japan. i want to direct you to our special earthquake section. at abc2news.com you can find all the latest information on this massive earthquake. then of course to the tsunami. now we're worried about radiation. it's spread from four reactors in the nuclear plant along japan's northeast coast. despite there have been some stories today of success. traffic stretched for miles. as panicked citizens try to flee the area surrounding the stricken fukushima nuclear facility. this man says nobody tells us, the citizens, what is really happening. fire broke out at the reactor number four while an explosion at reactor two prompted fears, cracks in the containment vessel allowed radioactive material to seep out. >> i think we're very close to the point of no return. they are not ready for the eventuality of an uncontrolled breach of containment. >> reporter: the situation is so serious officials did something they had not done up until this point. send most of their workers home. government officials immediately issued instructions, at the height of the exposure alarmingly high radiation
on "america this morning" and "good morning america," we'll take you back to japan for the very latest on the ongoing disaster. >>> in other news, the persian gulf nation of bahrain is under a three month state of emergency. a reaction to what's escalated into deadly political unrest. demonstrators are calling for political reforms and a change in bahrain's long established monarchy. the military force led by saudi arabia has been clashing with the protesters. so far at least three people have died and hundreds more injured. the u.s. navy's main base in the region is located in bahrain. >>> and in libya, moammar gadhafi's forces appear set for an offensive on the main stronghold of the rebellion there. opposition fighters were routed from a key city yesterday opening the way to their base in benghazi. in his newest comment gadhafi called the rebels rats and also claimed only hundreds not thousands have been killed in the fighting. >>> and with that, here's a look at your wednesday weather. a wet day from san francisco north with seattle expecting heavy rain. up to 2 feet of snow in the
will keep you posted as we learn more details in this continuing, developing story. >>> on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose-dive. japanese stocks go into a freefall with investors panicked by radiation fears. >>> and sticker shock. russia jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this year in the wake of a series of explosions at the fukushima nuclear power plant just days after suffering its most crippling catastrophe ever. japan is now facing the world's worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl. for the latest we turn to kristen dahlgren in tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. the latest radiation levels appear to have leveled off some, but a spike earlier had us talking about levels that could affect human health, so there is great concern here i
in libya. also breaking news on the deteriorating situation in japan. so welcome, once again, to "american morning." it's been a week now since all of this happened. the tsunami, the earthquake, the number of dead in japan continuing to rise as hopes fade of finding any more survivors amid the rubble. in the meantime, the radiation concerns are spreading, as well. crews are now desperately trying to cool down fuel at one nuclear reactor. the number of dead has climbed to 6,500 people. and the search grows more frantic with 10,000 people still missing. >>> turning to fast-moving developments in libya, stopping gadhafi. britain, france, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be ta
. >>> here are the developments we're following this morning on the disaster in japan. president obama is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is p
and thousands more may still be buried and japan's economy is reeling. overnight the nikkei index has lost 10% of its value. since this time yesterday. explosions, fires, a possible meltdown in several of the reactors. even nuclear experts say this crisis is rapidly descending into unchartered territory. we are joined by stan grant in tokyo. what is going on now, stan? what exactly is the japanese government saying? >> reporter: carol, this takes twists and turns almost by the hour, let alone by the day. let me focus in on two things that occurred today. an explosion in the number two reactor. there are concerns this may have caused some damage to the containment vessel and that is important in the case of a full meltdown because that is the last line of defense in keeping in the nastier radiation inside the plant and not seeping into the atmosphere. a fire then in reactor number four. what appears to have happened in this disabled reactor so much heat generated that a pool of water in which there was spent fuel rods evaporated. the fuel rods according to an trs company here may have ignited
. >> i'm nationalie alan in cnn. it is sun afternoon in sendai, japan, where 48 hours ago the biggest earthquake ever recorded in japan struck just offshore. the japanese meet logical society has upgraded that quake to a magnitude of 9.0, while the u.s. geological survey has maintained a rating of 8.9. the city's 1 million people, and countless towns and vimmages to the north were devastated by the subsequent tsunami that crashed over the coastline and tore through everything in its path. while that danger has passed, another has emerged. at this hour, we are tracking a new and extremely serious concern. >> japanese nuclear official says there is a possibility just a possibility, that there could be a meltdown at one of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. a second reactor is also in trouble, but japan's ambassador to the u.s. has told cnn there is no evidence that a meltdown is under way. >> estimated 80,000 people live within ten kilometers of the plant, six miles, all of them have evacuated. another 180,000 people live up to 20 kilometers from the plant, they are be
going without tonight here in japan. obviously the radiation concerns continue to mount. what exactly will happen with those nuclear reactors? and what does it mean for people living in japan and around the world? we'll certainly try to continue to investigate and bring you more answers as we get them. thanks for watching a very special edition of "sgmd" from japan. much more cnn right after the break. >>> well, we've got more cnn for you right now. and we have some fast-moving developments in libya this morning. the picture you're seeing is of a fighter jet being shot down. this comes as pro-government forces now are pounding the rebel stronghold of benghazi. this happens as a defiant moammar gadhafi warns the world that any interference comes with severe consequences. and from japan this morning, reports that a week's worth of radiation leaks from severely damaged reactors have now led to contaminated tap water, milk, and food. president obama monitoring both global hot spots from brazil this morning. we will have a live report. >>> from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, t
an earthquake and tsunami slammed japan and we're still getting new video from the day of the disaster. a man if you check this out was driving along the coastal highway last friday when the tsunami jumped the sea wall, swamped his car. his car floated in to a parking lot, but he managed z to get to safety. >>> japan's nuclear agency today raised the fukushima disaster to crisis level five on a one to seven scale. this puts it on par with the three mile island nuclear accident back in 1979. but it is still below the chernobyl disaster which topped the scale at level seven. >>> crews are using helicopters, fire trucks to pour tons of water on the nuclear plant for a second day now. while they try to cool the plant, electricians are trying to hook up a new mile long power line to bring the cooling systems for two reek reactors back on line. >>> people who fled the coast are beginning to trickle back. you can imagine when they see what is left of their homes. >> translator: i have no words to express my feelings. i lost my mind. we will have to start from zero. >> here is a look at what's ahead
>>> this morning on "early today," high anxiety. japan pulls emergency workers from its crippled nuclear power plant after a surge in radiation. >>> dealing with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today following a dangerous spike in radiation that authorities feared put their lives at risk. nbc chief science correspondent robert bazelle reports from tokyo. >> authorities here in japan say they have been serious problems again at the nuclear power plant, particularly in unit number three, which has been sort of kwieette for a while. it was a sharp spike in radiation. it was so sharp, the wor
>>> this morning on "early today," on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose dive, japanese stocks go into a free fall when investors panicked by radiation fears. >>> and sticker shock, russia jacks up the price of flying >>> and sticker shock, russia jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this morning in a wake of series of explosions at the puck chic ma nuclear power plant. days after suffering its most crippleling catastrophe ever, japan is now facing the world's largest nuclear disaster since chernobyl. kristin dal again reports. >> reporter: japanese officials warned the radiation leaks were getting worse after a explosion in a third reactor and a fire in the fourth. the prime minister warned they were expanding the area of evacuation to 19 miles reporting radiation levels seemed very
. >>> we are continuing to follow the breaking news of the major earthquake in japan where a tsunami has flooded the northeast and more than 50 countries in the pacific on alert for a tsunami including the west coast of the u.s. and canada. in the last hour, tsunami warning sirens have been going off in hawaii bracing for a tidal we've. the 8.9 earthquake one of the biggest to hit japan. the prime minister there calling for calm. the government calling for international assistance and the u.s. ambassador in japan says the united states is ready to help. >>> we'll continue to monitor that throughout the morning. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. tucker barnes with us here with a look at our forecast as we get things moving on a friday morning. >> good morning. much improvement today after last night got very interesting. we had severe thunderstorm warnings, a lot of heavy rain. all of that oust here and now we are looking at some sunshine. >> that will be good. >> quieter weather and spring- like conditions around here. we've been promising it all week. by tomorrow, it will be ab
'm harry smith. also tonight, one week after japan's earthquake and tsunami a big break for the engineers trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown. and kids from around america and haiti, too, do what they can to help the people of japan. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening, katie is on assignment. president obama delivered a warning today to libyan dictator moammar qaddafi: stop slaughtering your people or face military action. the united states will help enforce a no-fly zone approved last night by the u.n. security council, but no american ground troops will be sent to libya. french and british warplanes could be in the air over libya by tomorrow. hours after the u.n. resolution passed, the qaddafi regime declared a cease-fire, but his forces reportedly kept shelling two cities-- misurata and ajdabiya. and there are also reports that qaddafi's forces are headed toward benghazi, the rebels' capital. david martin at the pentagon begins our coverage. david, good evening. >> reporter:
>>> this morning, japan's nuclear crisis grows. radiation, leaking faster than first thought from this crippled plant. >>> children and the elderly checked for exposure. millions still without enough food and heat. and the teetering economy requires another cash infusion today. >>> all of it, japan's biggest test since world war ii. >>> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. japan's nuclear crisis is growing even worse this morning. here's the latest from overnight. >> at the crippled fukushima nuclear plant, radiation is leaking from one of the reactors. thousands of nearby residents have been warned to stay inside. this morning, measurements show the radiation level at 400-times the safe yearly dose. >> and here, officials are keeping a close eye on this crisis. two navy pumping trucks are said to be on their way to that plant. >> and for thousands of japanese survivors, the situation is growing more desperate. they've now spent a fourth night with no food, water or shelter. >>> thousands, of course, are also worried about whether the government is being truthful
>>> choppers in the air, water cannons on the ground, japan launches an attack on a crippled nuclear reactor hoping sea water can stop an unfolding nuclear catastrophe on this "american morning." i'm christine romans. welcome to "american morning." it's march 17th, st. patrick's day. >> st. paddy's day. you are irish? >> somewhere am i irish. >> have you have green eyes. >> i'm irish. >> i'm kiran chetry. we're following the latest on japan's crisis. the focus is how to get the reactors cooled down, specifically reactor number three at fukushima's daiichi power station. military helicopters are dropping 30 tons of sea waters on the crippled reactor's pool. >> they're also spraying on the ground, up to a dozen water truxz a trucks are in place. the united states is telling americans to get at least 50 miles away from the reactor. >> there is one more critical development to watch for, engineers are planning to begin the process, which is key in this whole thing, of restoring power to the daiichi complex. they want to bring in external power lines to try to get the plant's cool
, and los angeles are joining rescuers from japan and other countries. highly drained dogs are able to detect live victims who might be buried in the debris. the teams land the at a u.s. air base about 150 miles north of sendai. >>> the nuclear fears from this crisis in japan are only raising concerns here in the u.s. what if such a disaster ever hit us here at home? david kerley has more on that. >> reporter: japan had never declared a nuclear emergency. it is dealing with six runaway reactors. two in dire shape. >> two reactors now where we have core that is partially melted. this is unprecedented. >> reporter: the good news, inside those buildings, the hot nuclear cores and their primary containment housings are said to be intact. but with no electricity, the japanese are reportedly using firetrucks, taking the drastic step of pumping sea water into the cores and flooding the containment housings of both reactors. a last-ditch effort to cool the cores to stop the nuclear reaction. >> we are at a reactor tipping point. either over the next 24 to 48 hours they'll get coal of these
. the cherry blossom festival is a week away. what organizers are hoping to do to raise money for japan. we have details on that just ahead. >>> 6:40. it may not feel like spring this morning. we are down into the mid-30s. 35 in baltimore. york, pa at 23. hagerstown at 33. all after this little rain event which will probably hold off until tonight, we are going feel like spring for the rest of the week. we will talk about that coming. here's kim with traffic. >> reporter: thanks. we are dealing with an injury accident in dundalk and looking at a slow ride on 95 heading towards the capital beltway. i will let you note best way to get around this plus more of your news, weather and traffic when "good morning maryland" returns after the break. >>> 6:43. this is your abc2 news to go. i will megan pringle. >> i am charley crowson. et this let's kick things off with justin berk. >> 6:43 -- let's kick things off with justin berk. >> 6:43. i will visit the kid at friends meeting school. i want to let you know nearby, they had a beautiful day yesterday. the greens are turning green. and the sky is s
the nikkei down about 8%. that came despite several moves by japan's central bank to try to stabilize that fragile economy. >>> the u.s. military is operating helicopter rescue missions off the aircraft carrier "uss ronald reagan" and so far this morning they've rescued stranded survivors, delivered supplies and helped move injured to the hospital. as our christiane amanpour found out, so many much is needed. >> translator: i need food. i'm running out of food, says this business woman. the good news is some aid was prepositioned. part of japan's earthquake preparedness. we're trying to feed 2,000 people, maybe more. we'll continue as long as our rice lasts, says this aid worker. but the rice, like the rest of the supplies, is not nearly enough. so much more is needed and the effort is heshg lee yan. we saw that firsthand at the red cross command center here. what is your biggest challenge right now? >> the biggest challenge is for our relief operation at this moment is logistics. >> reporter: much of northern japan's infrastructure is in tathers as we saw from the air. coastal roads,
the every-changing situation in japan. we'll have live updates on "america this morning" and later on "good morning america." also stay up to date any time at abcnews.com. >>> moving on to other news beginning with libya. four "new york times" journalists who have been covering the fighting there are now missing. pull its zero prize winning reporter anthony shadid, stephen farrell and photographers tyler hicks and linsey add dario were last heard from on tuesday. meanwhile, moammar gadhafi's forces have been battling rebels in a key city in eastern libya. there could be a vote today in the u.n. security council on whether to impose a no-fly zone over libya. >>> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton was in cairo talking through an unscheduled stroll -- taking an unscheduled stroll through tahrir square, the symbolic center of egypt's revolution. she urged egyptians to not let extremists ruin what they've already accomplished. clinton saying she will not stay on as the nation's top diplomat if president obama is re-elected. she also says she has no interest in another run for the whit
the quake, waves of terror washed upon japan's shores. wiping out towns, roads, everything in its way. >> the sheer scope of the disaster caused delays in rescue efforts in many cities, including kesennuma. the bbc rupert winfield hayes was there when rescue teams arrived three days after the quake. >> reporter: in kesennuma, reality has been turned on its head. a large ship sits on a dock side. a fishing boat on top of a car. a car on top of a fence. and a house in the middle of the street. this was kesennuma on friday as the massive tsunami swept in, tossing boats aside like children's toys, uprooting houses and turning the city streets into torrents of angry blackwater. much of kesennuma is still under water and walled in by mountains of debris. every street we tried to get down is jammed with piles of cars. even the rescuers are struggling to find a way in. when they do, mostly what they're finding are bodies. this one, a man found trapped underneath a car. nearby, i find this man. his house has been completely destroyed. you can see the tide mark at the top of
by the moment in japan as more radiation is spewing in the atmosphere from the damaged nuclear plant. david piper in the air base west of tokyo. good morning, david. >> martha: the nuclear crisis is a dangerous level now. the fukushima nuclear complex has had a number of a explosion and they are saying it is moving to a dangerous level and the international nuclear agency said that fire started in a storage plant that spent nuclear fuel. japanese officials told them the fire was out now because they reportedly had help from the u.s. military. radiation leveled have sored around the complex. japanese authorities told people to seal doors and winnows and stay in home and avoid going out at all. japanese prime minister said radiation is released from the three reactors from the nuclear plant and a high risk of more radiation coming out. reactors are over heat raising the risk. japan has imposed a no fly zone over the plant. high levels of radiation in tokyo and now reportedly dropping. but just outside of tokyo there are above the normal level by 10 times. back to you in the studio. >> martha:
>>> japan's nuclear nightmare growing even more desperate this morning as a cloud of smoke forms above the crippled daiichi power station, a sign that the containment vessel may have been breached. we're following the latest minute-by-minute developments on this "american morning." >>> welcome, again, thanks for being with us. >> a lot to cover this morning. in japan, the number of dead and the level of fear are rising fast. here are the latest developments in what is likely to be the costliest natural disaster the world has ever witnessed. more than 3,700 have been killed. close to 8,000 people are missing following friday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. >> japanese officials fear it may have been caused by a breach in the containment vessel of reactor number three. officials are now bringing in helicopters to drop water into a cooling pond through the damaged roof of the reactor hoping to slow or stop any meltdowns. >>> for several hours last night, things grew so tense at the power plant, work was suspended and everyone there was told to evacuate. now, they've now retu
, where simple goodness begins. >>> off the top, the earthquake in japan overnight. there are tsunami warnings across the pacific from russia to california. good morning. i'm steve chenevey. >> good morning. i'm gurvir dhindsa. we want to go straight to our top story. there is now a major rescue operation in tokyo and other cities. authorities say there are no leaks from nuclear plants so far. >> tens of thousands of people stranded in trains in tokyo. we are all getting reports of at least 32 deaths. that number expected to go up though. the 8.9 earthquake, the largest to hit japan in 100 years. the government now calling for international assistance. look at all those cars there in the water with the boats. the u.s. ambassador in japan says the united states is ready to help. >> the pictures coming from there absolutely increedible. the big story for us here at home, the heavy rain that we had in the last 24 to 48 hours. here is a live look from canal road which is closed and it remains closed this morning as a result of flooding and mudslides in that area. we still have a lot of po
from where we left off on friday. >> breaking news from japan. >> smoke spotted coming from a damaged nuclear reactor. engineers are struggling there to prevent a meltdown after a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. let's get to anna coren. i understand it's now been evacuated. what's going on there? >> reporter: that's exactly right, ali. they thought they were getting a handle on the situation, that it was stable until about 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. that was when they saw gray smoke coming from reactor number three. that's been a reactor that was a huge problem. where they think there are low levels o of water in the pools that house the spent fuel rods. so when the smoke came at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, it only took about 15 minutes before they decided they needed to get the workers out of there straight away into another building. there are some 430 workers at the fukushima daiichi power plant. we don't know how many were involved in reactor three. and we don't have any reports of, you know, severe exposure to radiation or injuries. we are working to get those
as a tsunami in jaan japan overtakes a car driving down a road. >>> good evening. i'm ann notarangelo. among the problems today, power outages and falling trees, including a 100' oak. we have lawrence karnow in the weather center with what we can expect in the overnight hours, but we begin with don knapp in the middle of it now. >> reporter: that is right ann. high wind advisories up for the bay bridge, the san mateo and 30 miles per hour one on the golden gate bridge. crews removed a 90' oak that crashed on a house in walnut creek this evening. rain saturated ground gave way, dropping the tree onto the roof, knocking out skylights and poking holes. no one was hurt. earlier today wind and rain shut down highway 84 road as falling trees brought down powerlines and the rain triggered landslides. the road was re-opened around 6:00 this evening. the usually high-water trouble spots were just under 6' and rise, but well below its banks. and nowhere near flood stage. this stretch of road looks like it could be in the sierra. it's bear gulch road before noon today. that is not snow. it's hail. >> r
much. >>> president obama insists the radiation set to reach the west coast from japan today is not at a dangerous level. but the government has deployed dozens of radiation sensors now running around the clock. now, they send data directly into computers at epa, which have not yet reported any increased radiation. >>> and as a precaution, airline passengers, luggage and cargo arriving in the u.s. from japan are now being screened for potentially harmful levels of radiation. customs agents say so far they've only detected small amounts of radiation in some cargo at several u.s. airports. now, none was high enough to cause any concern. >>> now, with that let's take a look at your friday forecast. a busy news day. heavy rain from seattle to san francisco. up to 2 feet of snow in sierra. lighter in cascades and rockies. light rain from cincinnati to st. louis and louisville. scattered showers for upstate new york and northern new england. >> and spring-like day along the east coast. nearly 70 degrees here in new york. very welcomed. and also shy of 80 degrees in atlanta. 50s fro
. just ahead, new video of the tsunami in japan unlike any you have seen before. i promise you, it is heart pounding. >>> just when we thought we had seen all the dramatic tsunami video over the past two weeks, we were wrong. this was recently posted on youtube. it is a fishing port of 75,000 people. the tsunami traveled about six miles up the bay before reaching the city. take a look. we will have much, much more on that video coming up next hour on cnn. kes esh kesennuma is close to the fukushima plant in japan. the nuclear facility is now a hot pin cushion. spikes of radiation are pulsing throughout the complex. some readings today were so high that even japan's safety department did not believe they were accurate. an earlier testing showed they were an error. ocean water 1,000 feet from the plant today shows radiation levels more than 1,800 times higher than normal, 1,200 yesterday. wow. >>> here in the united states, flooding, hail, snow and avalanches. big weather headlines to tell you about. jacqui jeras is here. jacqui, as we look at that new video, what did you say? >>
>>> good morning, america. breaking news overnight, a third explosion and a fire at japan's nuclear facility. all four reactors, now critically compromised, as japan stands on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. hundreds of thousands ordered indoors, as radiation levels spike. contaminated citizens isolated from their families. as tokyo braces for the fallout, could america's west coast be at risk? >>> and new images of the tsunami's force and fury. residents, percent perched atop trucks. clinging to survive. in its wake, entire destruction. a sign of hope, though. 9,700 feared dead, now found alive. diane sawyer is on the ground, leading our team, as japan continues to face an unprecedented disaster. >>> and good morning. we want to get right to the latest on that nuclear crisis that took an ominous turn over night. >> even worse than we thought. >> much worse. another explosion and a fire at those reactors. japan's prime minister pleaded for calm. but warned of more radiation leakage. and other officials, both here and in japan, describe a state of panic and catastrophe inside tho
, and continuing crises in japan and the budget story at home. the most significant new was story. we will go to your phone calls right away to hear what is most important to you in a week of unfolding big issues. we will go to the newspapers as we are waiting for your calls. as you can see, britain, france, and the united states are lined up for air strike against coffee -- gaddafi. it suggests in the newspapers the airplanes may well immediately. "the chicago tribune" tells us american officials expect the united states would do the heavy lifting in a campaign that may include air strikes on tanks and artillery and at the same time u.s. officials cautioned the united states and allies intend to limit their involvement, allowing for no troops on the ground. the libyan story, japan story, and the budget situation at home. the continuing resolution that punts the decisions on the budget until the beginning of april. they left town this friday morning. we would like to hear which of these stories are most important to you this friday morning. let's begin with a call from san antonio, texas. rob
at the pentagon. >>> let's go to japan where fears continue to spread, the death toll continues to client. today marks one week after the massive earthquake and the devastating tsunami which battered the country. 6,911 are confirmed dead and another 10,000 are still missing. survivors across japan observed a moment of silence today at the exact time that the quake struck. many still wearing face masks, many of them still in shock. a lot of the survivors are huddling in nearby shelters. japanese media reporting some 380,000 people in shelters. what makes matters worse, some of the shelters with without power and facing freezing temperatures. some survivors are returning home for the first time since the tsunami like this retired firefighter. he lost his home and entire family. >> translator: my wife, my son's family and four grandchildren. i lost them all. >> as for the nuclear crisis, things are not looking much better in fukushima. japan's nuclear agency raised the crisis level on the damaged planted there. you're looking at it, from a four to a five. that raises it to the same level as three m
outside of japan. fears over a nuclear meltdown continue to grow. crews are racing to stop the meltdown. some say it may be too late. we turn to david piper who is in the ykoto air base west of tokyo. hey, david. >>reporter: yes, desperate measures now are being taking place in the overheating reactor in the fukushima plant 120 miles northeast of here. they are using helicopters to dump huge buckets full of water on the cooling pond of the reactor. pots of two other reactors are boiling at this time. the chairman warned there is no water left in the spent fuel of plant number four resulting in what is extremely high radiation levels. the japanese government nevertheless have no plan to expand the 12 mile exclusion zone. the u.s. ambassador to japan said the situation is deteriorating and warned citizens to leave the area or remain indoors. the state department said the u.s. government has chartered aircraft to help americans leave japan. we are also understand that any american citizen that has no money they can get a flight out from hanita airport and that allows them to get out of the
right now on libya. also an apology in japan. after more workers are exposed to potentially deadly levels of radiation. and what's being blamed for this overexposure? a communications error. all this while fears grow that one reactor at that plant could be leaking. from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is your cnn start morning. hello to you all. glad you could spent some part of your saturday morning with us. i'm t.j. holmes. i do want to start now, though, in japan with the growing concern over radiation levels in the ocean water around that damaged nuclear plant. radiation levels in the air at least seem to be decreasing. paula hancock's live for us in tokyo. hello to up. what are they saying about this possible leak of one of those reaccour reactor cores. that's a key concern right now. >> reporter: absolutely. well, t.j., this was said friday evening local time when they were concerned there could have been a break or rupture within the reactor core as well and this is why the water was 10,000 times the radioactive level than it should have been. but now they're saying
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the internet was a life line to people in the middle of japan's multiple disasters, but also to people everywhere who were just trying to understand it all. >> it's the first place you turn for any kind of information. of course, yahoo! web life editor heather cabot joins us now with more on those searches and other trends this week. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. the crisis in japan continues to dominate searches on yahoo! it's been more than a week since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on the island nation. the rescue and recovery efforts coupled with the threat of nuclear disaster sent people online to find real-time photos, videos and, of course, the latest news. yahoo! users wanted to know more about the threat of radiation exposure and how it's treated. after multiple explosions rocked the fukushima power plant, searches for preventive measures including potassium iodide tablets spiked 150% this week. people wanted to understand how far radiation can travel, which other countries could be affected and they also looked back at the history of other n
>>> a lot of news happening overnight in libya, japan, and right here at home. i'm kiran chetry. we want to get you up to date. in japan, new concerns a at one of the nuclear reactors and word that radiation is spilling into the ocean. >> and it's moving in the air here in the united states, another state detecting radiation from fukushima. this one is on the east coast. we'll tell you how high the radiation levels are and how it could have possibly been spread here. >>> in libya, the no-fly zone in place. rebels make steady progress toward tripoli. here at home, president obama plans to make his case why libya matters to us. "american morning" begins right now. >>> so we do have that lot going on, but the head scratcher is the final four. you've got two unlikely schools, vcu and butler. >> we've had some upsets. although somebody pointed out the other day, you can't keep calling butler an upset when it keeps doing it. >> that's right. >>> let's stick with the top stories on japan. a lot of people wondering what's going on with the radiation disaster in japan. and another tsunami sc
process what the doctors are telling us. >> and this one is from japan. >> reporter: experts say mei le and others don't need to worry right now. ted rowlands, cnn, los angeles. >>> now at the top of the hour, here are the stories we are following for you. the political trailblazer geraldine ferraro has died. she was the first female vice presidential candidate of a major political party. ferraro was 75. >>> rebel forces in libya say they now control an important city close to the oilfield. people celebrated on burned out tanks and damage left by several days of coalition air strikes. the deputy foreign ministry told why troops pulled back. >> the last two days, with the so-called coalition, you call it the crusader. they were at fault for the attack on the libyan forces and the civilians and nearby. the coalition forces was derelict. they were heavily at fault. that is why the libyan armed forces decided to leave libya early this morning. >> president barack obama plans to talk about libya in a televised address monday night. the live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. >>> on t
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